Continuous process improvement for a plastic company in western Wisconsin a case study in improving a clamping device's function /

by Liu, Chi-Ting.

Abstract (Summary)
Company XYZ wanted to improve product quality and productivity by enhancing the current process for inserting copper nuts. The clamping device has an important role in this manufacturing process. The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle has been known to promote never-ending improvement and was chosen as the process improvement methodology to improve process variation and help make profit for the company. The main purpose of this study is to help improve manufacturing eficiency by implementing continuous improvement methods for analyzing the current process and redesign the clamping apparatus for the company. The objectives of this study were to 1. Create and evaluate a flow chart of current operation steps to determine the company's current performance. 2. Gather and analyze the data to determine the company's current performance. 3. Learn the relationship between the operator and the clamping device. 4. Develop a new clamping apparatus for effective processing. 5. Make recommendations to improve product quality and processing. The literature review provides a basic background into clamping technology and continuous process improvement. The methodology used for this study follows the Deming cycle's Plan phase and will help attain the final goals of improving product quality and productivity. The scope of this study is focused on redesigning the clamping apparatus for the purpose of improving the process including reducing production cycle time and defects. The Graduate School University of Wisconsin Stout Menomonie, WI
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School:University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

School Location:USA - Wisconsin

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:clamps engineering


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